Although the most common arrests are for DUI, there are many non-alcohol related driving regulations that have been “criminalized” by the Florida Legislature, including Driving While License Suspended or Revoked; Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving; possession of an expired driver’s license; possession of more than one driver’s license—— the list goes on seemingly endlessly. To see some of them, take a peek at Chs. 316 and322, Fla. Stat. And the penalties can be rigidly draconian. For example, if you have, in your lifetime, been convicted more than once for driving on a suspended license, the next prosecution may be pursued as a 3rd degree felony! This means that a citizen can be imprisoned for five (5) years in the state penitentiary for an essentially ‘administrative’ violation.
Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq., has defended hundreds of these cases. There are defenses to these prosecutions, and oftentimes the legitimacy of prior convictions needs to be challenged in order to invalidate the pending prosecution. They are oftentimes complex matters, requiring experienced and creative lawyering.
Kirschner & McEnery Law stands ready to guide you through this legal minefield, where penalties can range from license suspensions to prison sentences.